Star Wars Ewok Adventures - Caravan of Courage / The Battle for Endor
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Star Wars Ewok Adventures: Caravan of Courage / The Battle for Endor Join your favorite Star Wars characters, the Ewoks, in this double feature collection, and enjoy hours of fun and entertainment for the whole family. These action-packed adventures take us back to the forest moon of Endor for a reunion with the young Ewok hero Wicket, and the brave warrior Teebo. **Caravan of Courage~~ In Caravan Of Courage the Towani family are separated when their shuttlecraft crashes on Endor. While the parents are soon captured by the giant known as Gorax, Mace and Cindel, the son and daughter, are missing. When the Ewoks discover the missing Towani children in the remnants of the shuttlecraft, it becomes clear that the children must establish trust with them in order to embark on an adventure to rescue their parents. The Battle For Endor In the Battle For Endor, an army of Marauders, led by King Terak and the witch Charal, attack the Ewok village. Cindel and Wicket escape into the forest, where they meet Teek and Noa. They must befriend Noa in order to team up to defeat the Marauders.
- Includes Caravan of Courage (aka The Ewok Adventure) and The Battle for Endor
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The biggest surprise to me was how lackluster the DVD was. The DVD artwork and text is so blurry it's almost impossible to read but is printed on decent paper. The DVD menu is nothing like the one on the back of the box (which features an option button and scenes actually from the movie as it's backdrop), it's a plain blue static image of the Ewok tree village with 'play' and 'scene' with the Imperial March in the background of all things! Theres borderline no cleaning up of the film and there are digital artifacts apparent within the first 15 minutes of Battle for Endor. It almost seems like a knockoff but all the information i've been able to find seems to suggest that this is how it was released back in 04.
If you're obsessive about video quality it's the best thing available- better than streaming options (or lacktherof) but dont go into it expecting a commentary option or even subtitles for that matter. Looks like Lucas and Fox just copied a VHS, stuck the file in moviemaker and shipped it off into discount bins everywhere without a second look.
The fun starts with 1984's `Caravan of Courage.' The Ewok Deej and his two youngest sons, Widdle and Weechee, discover a couple of human children, Cindel and Mace Towani (no relation to Mace Windu), hiding in the wreckage of a downed starcruiser. The voice of Burl Ives is heard above the treetops, but Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer is nowhere in sight. So, the mop-faced forest-dwellers escort the frightened youngsters to the rustic Ewok village on foot. Little Cindel's relentless, hacking cough makes it painfully obvious that the curly-headed waif is suffering from a nasty case of intergalactic influenza. Fortunately, antibiotics are easily attainable on the forest moon of Endor simply by draining the sap from a nearby tree. Miraculously, by the following morning Cindel is feeling well enough to play with a space ferret while teaching young Wicket to say "Starcruiser! CRASH!"...which he does, ad nauseam. That night, while the Ewoks sleep, the foul-tempered Mace unwisely chooses to ignore his sister's advice to hunker down with the Ewoks indefinitely, and drags the poor tyke away from the safety of the village to search for their missing parents (Jeremitt and Catarine) by the light of the enormous and ever-present blue moon. This results in an unpleasant encounter with a ginormous warthog with very sharp teeth and claws. The heroic Ewoks race to the rescue and handily dispose of the hideous monster with one feathered blow-dart. Later, the walking hairbrushes manage to convince their skeptical orange-clad guest, Mace, that the only way to ascertain the whereabouts of Mr. and Mrs. Towani is through a consultation with Logray the mystic. Employing a rather unconventional--yet remarkably effective--method of locating lost loved ones, the striped sorcerer spins a top and gazes into it as it rotates. Logray's magical top reveals that the unfortunate mom and dad are now the prisoners of a terrible bat-faced behemoth known as Gorax. Before you can say "Yubnub, yubnub," the intrepid siblings and their furry protectors have assembled the "caravan of courage" and the Gorax hunt is on.
The second adventure, released in 1985, is entitled, `The Battle for Endor' (or if you prefer, you could call it Goldilocks and the Three Ewoks). This film seems to have more of a Star Wars feel than its predecessor, with all the aliens and whatnot running around blasting everything; plus, the picture is noticeably brighter and sharper.
In the first act, the Towani family's still grounded spacecraft is ambushed by a hoard of lizard-lipped marauders with laser rifles. After obtaining a glowing cylinder from Jeremitt, the reptilian ruffians--led by the bristle-bearded Terak and his witchy human assistant, Charal--hop on the backs of their `Land of the Lost'-style dinosaurs and proceed, with alacrity, to raze the Ewok village in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Kahn...setting fire to the diminutive bears' quaint little houses and kidnapping the adorable hairy dwarves as they attempt to flee for their itty-bitty lives. Though he more closely resembles Skeletor, the vile Terak does his best He-Man impression as he holds the small cylinder from the starcruiser above his scaly head while shouting, "The power! I have the power!" A terrified Cindel witnesses the carnage and runs away as fast as her tiny silver space boots will carry her. Alas, she doesn't get very far before being caught in the sinister clutches of Charal the crow lady. The crestfallen child joins the Ewok captives in a rolling prison, which appears to have been constructed from the ribcage of some large, long-dead animal. Cindel's spirits are raised a bit when she sees that one of the vertically-challenged prisoners is none other than her dear friend, Wicket--who can now speak English almost as well as Yoda. "Wicket Cindel's family now," says the fluffy optimist, "Must have hope...must escape!" And escape they do.
Cindel and Wicket's journey through the vast expanses of the primeval forest leads them to the unkempt residence of a swift-footed, buck-toothed critter named Teek and a curmudgeonly old hermit named Noa--as portrayed by the incomparable Wilford Brimley. Although he seems to be in a perpetual bad mood (probably because it's nearly impossible to get medical supplies delivered to your door when you live on the forest moon of Endor), Noa reluctantly allows the two "little beggars" to spend the night. Maybe because he's really not the "mean old man" Cindel thinks he is, or perhaps he just hankers for another batch of the pint-sized chef's delicious homemade porridge and biscuits (or was it oatmeal and oat bran muffins?). Of course Wicket and Cindel's stay is only temporary, as they have yet to free their incarcerated Ewok buddies and defeat the terrible Terak and his merciless Marauders in the epic Battle for Endor. Will the grandfatherly grump and his chittering, floppy-eared roommate aid them in their perilous mission? Purchase a copy of the `Star Wars Ewok Adventures' double-feature DVD today and find out for yourself. It's the right thing to do!
Anyway, I grew up watching the Ewoks and it just completes the whole Star Wars saga. To answer a few questions:
The Ewok advetures are set between episodes 5 and 6 of the Star wars trilogy. There are no actors from the Star Wars series in either movie. Each film is in the area of two hours in length. And the sound leaves something to be desired.
DVD is double sided. I ordered the used product ( much cheaper), and it arrived on time and in great conditon.
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(I was only a Marauder extra.)